dog agility slalomThe weather has been improving steadily over the past few weeks, and although it is still very cold, we’re almost brave enough to say that spring is in the air! We love nothing more than getting out and about with the dogs when the weather is bright and clear, and since Crufts 2013 is just a couple of weeks away, I thought I’d blog about a really fun way to enjoy time outside with dogs.

Dog agility is a staple feature of the Crufts Dog Show, and every year it inspires countless dog owners to give it a go themselves. Agility is not only a great form of exercise for owner and dog, it strengthens the bond between human and pet, and it will leave you with a remarkably well trained dog to boot! The challenges of agility training are very enjoyable, and should you wish there are countless events and competitions hosted by agility clubs all over the country to take part in.

It is recommended that dogs should not start agility training until they are at least a year old, and most competitions won’t accept canine competitors younger than 18 months, but once you are ready to start there are a few easy ways to get going.

The most obvious might be to join an agility club. This is a great way to meet like-minded people and to get some top tips on your training right from the outset. For those who do not wish to commit themselves to an agility club before they know if they enjoy the activity, investing in a small piece of dog agility equipment can be just the thing to get a taste for the canine sport.

A collapsible tunnel, hoop, ramp or slalom can be a space-efficient and fun introduction to dog agility. Here at The Pet Express we have a variety of dog agility equipment available which is perfect for getting started or expanding your interest in the activity. Why not really go for it and set up your own little agility course in your garden?

Do you enjoy dog agility or are you interested in getting started? Get in touch with us through our Facebook or Twitter pages and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!